10 TV Shows That Should Be Canceled

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We should probably just go right ahead and put it out there. We like TV. We like TV a lot, perhaps a little too much at times. But lately, it is getting harder and harder to find a show we want to continue watching after one season.

Some of you may share our pain, and as the news comes out that shows are either being cancelled or renewed, it becomes hard to justify continuing to watch many of them. Some of the shows on our list were once great, but some were never great. As exemplified by the finally over CBS hit So I Married a Bass Player But Then She Died and I Got Back Together with my Ex (you might know it as How I Met Your Mother), some shows really do overstay their welcome.

See also: 5 TV Spin-Offs We Want to See

Either way, we're about to dissect, albeit grudgingly in some cases, the following 10 shows that should not have been renewed for 2014-15.

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10. Helix

We don't even know what to say here. We really don't. The first episode was sort of interesting and showed promise, but every subsequent episode we attempted to wade through was more and more a snoozefest. The one sort of cool thing about this SyFy channel series was the relative anonymity of the cast. As a viewer, we were able to see the characters as exactly who they were supposed to be and not whatever character they had been in previous shows. When informed that this show was coming back for another year, the prevailing thought was, "Why? Nobody watches this show."

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9. Two and a Half Men

Is Ashton Kutcher even a real person? Of course he is, and based on a few high-profile interviews he's given over the past few years, he's a thoughtful and down-to-earth guy. Having said that, though, if you watch even five minutes of this comedy black hole brought to us by the good folks at CBS, you can easily forget anything interesting that's ever come out of his mouth. Actor Jon Cryer has always carried this show as the odd, little sycophant who seems to have zero luck, except for the fact that he lives in an amazing house on the ocean for nothing.



This season, they introduced the lesbian daughter (Amber Tamblyn) of Charlie Sheen's dearly departed character. Can we officially call this "Jumping the Gay Shark?" We can't believe it was on this year, let alone coming back for another pass at numbing the public's collective mind. Kudos, though, are deserved for convincing Carl Reiner to appear in selected episodes. We hope he did it so he could get in a few dick jokes and not because he needed the money.


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37 comments
Bob Rickabaugh
Bob Rickabaugh

don't even watch anymore the show sucks since Charlie Sheen left

Josh Skora
Josh Skora

I always say how I'm shocked that Two and a Half Men is still on.

Brian Embree
Brian Embree

He went to school with friends of mine in a town close by. They said he never showered and stunk. Lol. Nobody liked him in school I guess. I have met him a few times at bars in Iowa City though after that. He's a good guy.

Ekatherine Matthews
Ekatherine Matthews

Can't stand Ashton....gliding through life on his supposed "looks".... But if I could do it...I would..

Scott Huscher
Scott Huscher

I agree with everything but Girls and Veep. Veep is one of the funniest show on TV right now! And Girls is my favorite. This last season started rocky but ended with some of its best episodes yet. I can't believe either of those were included.

Brett Solesky
Brett Solesky

I'm really disappointed that you didn't include either Chicago Fire or Chicago PD or any of the one million cop/detective shows.

Samantha Cooley
Samantha Cooley

Two and a half men hahaha they carried that show financially just to not fail after the whole Charlie thing hahhaha Couldnt have the show fail after losing him they had to save face even if it cost them

Christopher Davis
Christopher Davis

A couple of these shows are still actually pretty good (Family Guy, The Following and New Girl).

Talkie Toaster
Talkie Toaster

Firefly was an incredible show and was cancelled but Grey's Anatomy will apparently be on tv for the rest eternity

Dave Vega
Dave Vega

all but family guy...I'm still laughing

kcatbat
kcatbat

Even though you're obviously just trolling with this piece, you left off Californication. 

Alexis Martorello
Alexis Martorello

I agree with all of these. Half of them I never even heard of. I'm not much of a tv watcher though....

Chad Hays
Chad Hays

Sharp, funny writing with a great ensemble cast. And hating Jonah, of course.

Tony Morales
Tony Morales

Top 10 list that only takes 4 clicks to read? Someone must be asleep at the helm. Looks like it might actually have been a decent piece but since I choose not to participate in your click-through shenanigans, I'll never know if it was or not... Oh well, it's not like you actually care about your reader(s)

Karen Vucurevich
Karen Vucurevich

Television needs new spark to draw audiences they haven't hit a few niches.

John Phoenix
John Phoenix

How could you have a list of shows that should be canceled without listing American Idol?! Get that s*it off the air, stat!

Shadi Mirza
Shadi Mirza

Veep is the best comedy on TV. Everything else on the list is spot on.

Angel Hernandez
Angel Hernandez

Totally agree with all , thank goodness the axed the Cleveland show

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

Dr. Kevorkian? He helped people commit suicide. Bad joke.

Felix Borunda
Felix Borunda

At first this was beginning to look like a good list, then Veep came up and then I remembered why I don't like the critics from the Phoenix New Times.

Kim Porter
Kim Porter

Well, obviously Gary, because there's so much heart and vulnerability in his dedication to a person who doesn't deserve him. But I love to hate Jonah as well. And I love what's happening with Sue and that heartless statistician Kent.

Kim Porter
Kim Porter

I can't wait for the next episode of Veep, nor the next episode of Girls.

burt
burt

Don't be so quick to condemn all things MacFarlane on TV - Cosmos is a wonder, and while it is a departure from his regular schtick, it's still very much a MacFarlane show.

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